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SI Grammar and Spelling Lab
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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4550[graphic]Tom Clarke13 hours ago
4549Language is as plastic as our brains. It is folly to think we can, or should frDMaA-yesterday
4548English it the most changing and changeable language on earth. It is hard to loValuepro2yesterday
4547I was watching a "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon the other day. The boDMaA1yesterday
4546“English Grammar,” according to Lindley Murray, “is the art of speaking and writJoachim K-yesterday
4545Please, let us not be corrupted by divisive ethanolysis.Valuepro-September 10
4544[graphic]TimF1September 10
4543Here is some fun history - partly on this subject - with an interesting observatValuepro-July 3
4542I remember reading many years ago that C.S. Lewis said of his friend J.R.R. TolkStan-July 1
4541Hence not... or A bolt of lightning, out of a blue sky I suspect that English iGraystone-July 1
4540Interesting, thanks. I too question a few of those so have to ask, what is the Valuepro-June 28
4539Contronyms [graphic] Not sure about #2 - bolt. The opposite of secure (to anoTimF-June 27
4538Yeah, I read about that weeks ago, and have received email and documents reflectValuepro-May 12
4537In a Bold Move, Microsoft Office Is Now Flagging Double Spaces Between SentencesTimF-May 11
4536[graphic] reddit.comTimF2February 24
4535Yeah, but more so to the others. Anyway, I know know why some few parts of of SValuepro-January 30
4534It ruined all of Shakespeare's good rhymes.DMaA-January 30
4533Thanks for that. It helps explain in some small way why I had difficulty readinValuepro-January 30
4532The Great Vowel Shift and the History of Britain. [youtube video] youtube.comTimF2January 30
4531re. laziness. LOL. In my freshman high school algebra class I noticed a shortcutStan212/13/2019
4530How Far Back in Time Could an English Speaker Go and Still Communicate EffectiveTimF112/7/2019
4529While sad to witness, sometimes "ignorance and laziness" create efficiValuepro-12/1/2019
4528Apostrophe society shuts down because 'ignorance and laziness have won' Tom Clarke-12/1/2019
4527"reunion revents" should be "reunion events" Not only do I Valuepro-6/18/2019
4526Having just leared of the passing of an acquaintance from my years living on TaiValuepro-6/18/2019
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